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Anthony Martial admits he does not want Man Utd sub role

Anthony Martial has spoken out about his desire to start more games for Manchester United.

The Frenchman has been something of a super-sub for manager Jose Mourinho this season, scoring six goals including four from the bench as he struggles to displace Marcus Rashford from the starting XI.

But Martial is not content with the role, pointing out that he feels he could have more of an impact for United if he were starting matches rather than coming on in the second half.

Anthony Martial arrives in Clairefontaine as he joins up with the France squad

‘It’s easier to start the game,’ Martial told SFR Sport . ‘When you come off the bench, the other players are warmed up, they’re totally in the game, and you have to get into it straight away. I prefer to start the game, I have more time to get myself into the game.

‘I have faith in my qualities, and I think the manager has confidence in me, too, so it’s up to me to continue putting in good performances, and if I do that, I think I’ll play a bit more.

‘We all prefer to play, even if at United when I come off the bench, I make a difference. I prefer to start games and show what I’m capable of.

‘When you score and you’re a forward, you’re happy. It’s going well. Even though I’m a substitute, I play often.

‘I’ve played three, two games in the Champions League, I play one game in two. It’s going well. I’d like to play more – that’s going to come through my performances.’ 


Anthony Martial admits he does not want Man Utd sub role